Regarding “Stations in the city,” Aug. 6, Page 1:

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says, “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.”

Parading in Portland seems to be in disobedience of these directions.

Alice Siller


Editor’s note: Context matters. Jesus was speaking in a society where most people were Jewish and prayer was a laudable act, ripe for hypocrites. Portland is another matter. Those who carried the cross and prayed here were more apt to face scorn than praise and did what they did to inspire unchurched onlookers. It worked. I witnessed it.